My work explores the conditions of space while considering the superficial layer of things.  The paintings present the surface for what it is, a dubious facade wrought with hidden layers.  My sculptural work removes the painted silk from the stretcher bars and places it in the context of experiential space.  Here, the surface layer becomes a three dimensional Painting in Space or a sculptural installation exploring the nature and fragility of facades. While these facades have value, my work demonstrates just how vulnerable they are.  Pushing the limits of materials, each work reveals its infrastructure, conceding how it was made and for what purpose. I am interested in how space is inhabited and what occurs when place is infused with history and meaning.  

I choose materials that enable my work to express form and space. Silk resonates on many levels as a material I can experiment with spatially while utilizing symbolically as a facade-like structure.  It is deceptively strong, yet ethereal in nature. Silk holds shape and bares the burden of pigment, yet it allows shadow and light to play a role in the work.  I intentionally slow the process of making by applying delicate stitches of thread to penetrate the work’s surface.  These subtle lines create a drawing in space while occupying areas not typically visible.   Finally, constructed shapes are incorporated into the work thereby offsetting the delicate with the bold, the airy with the solid. In the studio, I invent forms that combine random patterns found in nature with the human inclination for order and symmetry. My challenge is to merge these disparate components and distill experiential space to its very essence.  Whether making paintings on stretch silk or sculptured objects out of translucent material, each piece investigates the reliance on surface layers while exploring what lies beyond it; integrating shadow, light and layers into the work. 


Lisa Kellner has created and installed room sized installations and two dimensional works throughout the United States since 2006. Her work has been exhibited at the ​Bellevue Arts Museum​ (WA), the ​Lower Manhattan Cultural Council​ (NY), the ​Brooklyn Arts Council​ (NY) and the ​Weatherspoon Museum​ (NC), among others.  In addition, Lisa has worked with galleries including Ascent Contemporary (NY), Project 4 (DC), BravinLee Projects (NY) and JoAnne Artman (LA).  Lisa’s work has been reviewed in ​The New York Times, ​The Boston Globe and ​Sculpture Magazine among others.  Lisa created site responsive installations at the ​Cornell Fine Arts Museum​ (FL), the ​Center for Maine Contemporary Art​ (ME), ​Lehman College Art Gallery​ (NY) and the Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory (VA).  In 2016, Lisa was awarded the New Media Invitational from the Target Gallery.  She was also a Joan Mitchell semi-finalist.  Her work is currently included in the exhibition, Materiality:  The Matter of Matter at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.  

Condensed CV:

Solo Exhibitions:

2018   Upcoming solo exhibition, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA
Always into Now; a Painting in Space, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2014   Silent Space; Ward Center for Contemporary Art, Petersburg,VA
           Chamber One; Ascent Contemporary, New York, NY
2013   Bringing on the Aither; Hunt Gallery; Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA
2011   Love is a Place; Bravin Lee Programs, New York,NY
           Skin Deep, Miles Wide; Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery, Coker College, SC
2009   Suspended Presence, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, MI
           Surfacing Beneath, Brooklyn Arts Council Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2008   Inner Urban Sanctum, Providence Art Windows, Providence, RI
2006   Plain Matters, Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2019   Two or Three Person Exhibition, TBD, Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT
2017   Materiality, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, ME
2016   The Space Between, JoAnne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA  
           Scribing the Void; ODETTA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015   Access Art; Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY
2014   Holiday Fair; Ascent Contemporary, New York, NY
2013    ADAPTATION; Project 4 Gallery; Washington, DC
2012   2012 Biennial; Curators Suzette McAvoy and Daphne Anderson Deeds, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
           Space Invaders, Curator, Karin Bravin, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
           The Mysterious Content of Softness; Curator, Stefano Catalani; Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, FL
           _____Scape; Curator, Susan Main; The Metropolitan Center of Visual Arts (VisArts), Rockville, MD
2011    In Season, Project 4 Gallery, Washington, DC
           The Mysterious Content of Softness, Curated by Stefano Catalani, Bellevue Arts Museum, Seattle, WA
2010    Art on Paper 2010 Biennial Exhibition, Curated by Xandra Eden; Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC
           7th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit, Transformer Gallery, Washington, DC
           Multiplied Within, Curated by Sky Kim, Able Fine Art, New York, NY
           Unraveling Tradition, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM
           Let There Be White, Birey Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
           Emergence, Curated by Brooke Hine, Bahdeebahdu, Philadelphia, PA
           Drawn To It: The Art of Drawing, Amherst Street Gallery, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH
2009    Phantasma, Tarryn Teresa Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
           The Mansion Project, Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ  
           A Proposition Ate My Marriage, LMCC Swing Space Residency, New York, NY
           The Body Politic, Brooklyn Arts Collective, The Jungle, Brooklyn, NY
           Clamoring to Become Visible, Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn NY
           Fluid Identity, Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City, MD
           Postcards from the Edge, Visual Aids at Metro Pictures, New York, NY 
2008   Square Foot Show: Election ‘08, Art Gotham, New York, NY
           Material Meditation, New Art Center, Newton, MA  (catalogue)
           Boston Young Contemporaries, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA
           MFA Thesis Exhibition, AIB Gallery, Boston, MA  (catalogue)
           Here and Now, Transformer Gallery, Washington, DC
           Exintrinsic, Gallery 5, Richmond, VA
           Contemporary Fiber, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
           Beneath The Skin, Mock Magazine Covers, Perfect 8 Magazine, Chashama, New York, NY
           I Dream of Genomes, Islip Art Museum, Islip, New York
2007   9 x 10, WWP Gallery, Washington, DC
           Art on the Gwynns Falls Trail 2007, Leakin Park, Baltimore, MD
           Strictly Painting, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA
           Radius 250, Artspace, Richmond, VA
           Saturated, Heinemann Myers Gallery, Bethesda, MD
           WPACorcoran Centerpiece Project, Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, DC
2006   Open Call/Size Matters, RHYS Gallery, Boston, MA
           Conversions, WPA/Corcoran at The Ellipse Arts Center, Arlington, VA
           for a(n) relation(s), ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA
           Spring Fieldwork, Gallery 5, Richmond, VA
           Paper Trail, Gallery 6, Rockaway Beach, NY
           The Unlikely Target, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston,SC

Selected Reviews, Awards, Residencies, Talks
2016    Semi-finalist, Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Award
            Mark Jenkins; In the Galleries; Lisa Kellner, The Washington Post, May 13.
            Eric Hope; East City Art Reviews: Always Into Now at The Torpedo Factory, East City Art; April 28.
2015    New Media Invitational Award, Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, VA
2012    Artist Talk, VisArts, MD
            Visiting Artist, Slippery Rock University, PA
2010    BRIC Media Art Fellowship, BRIC Arts, Brooklyn, NY
2009    Swing Space Residency, Lower Manhattan Cultural council, New York, NY
            Finalist, RGASA Exhibition, NY Studio Gallery, New York, NY
            Kriston Capps, Reviews:  Washington, DC ‘Here and Now’, Sculpture Magazine, January/February.
2008    Denise Taylor, Exploring The Material World, Boston Globe West, Sept. 18.
            Benjamin Genocchio, Looking into the World of Genomes, The New York Times, March 2.

2008             Master of Fine Arts         Lesley University College of Art & Design, Boston, MA
2004-1999    Drawing and Painting     School of Visual Arts, New York, NY   
1999-1996    Drawing and Painting     Art Students League, New York, NY
1987             Bachelor of Science        Boston University, Boston, MA

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